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Heavenly Bodies

by Unknown

Published 1920s
Topics Astronomy, Physics


Visionary 1920s film containing imaginative astrophysical visualizations.


Run time 10:08
Producer Unknown
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Si, B&W

Shotlist

All about gravity, planets and the solar system. Great shot of sudden loss of gravity: man's hat and cane suddenly fly off his head, then he's lifted off the ground clutching tree branches; we next see the earth exploding!!

07:47:18
Newton under apple tree
07:49:08
Earth exploding *
07:52:40
The moon going dark *
07:54:38
Roof of observatory opening
07:55:04
Stars through telescope
07:55:23
Big Dipper
07:55:35
Little Dipper
07:56:04
More constellations
07:56:45
More constellations



Surrealism Anti-gravity Explosions Apocalypse Apocalyptic imagery
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Reviews

Reviewer: SirJekyllAppliance - - October 19, 2007
Subject: Wow!
Brilliant overview with primitive but pragmatic animation that makes sense of a complex topic.
Reviewer: kareneliot - - December 16, 2005
Subject: Beautiful, wonderful, and amazing in its simplicity.
I like the concept/image of the earth exploding without gravity. Seems like the end is missing though. The last frame reads: Even the sun has spots... and then it ends. Yeah... Well, what about them? Kind of just leaves you hanging.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - July 21, 2003
Subject: To the moon...
A somewhat interesting of the earth, the stars, gravity etc. Film is somehwat tries to lighten things up with some interesting special effects (the earth exploding was interesting) but ultimately gets bogged down by lunar talk.
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